Trump budget slashes State Department, USAID funding

The proposed budget “provides sufficient resources to maintain current commitments and all current patient levels on HIV/AIDS treatment under” the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

Trump’s budget outline covered just “discretionary” spending, or programs that must be renewed annually by Congress, for the 2018 fiscal year starting on October 1.

Edwards agreed that the budget is like a Conservatives dream in that it offsets spending increases with cuts.

Expect a $573 billion base budget request from the Pentagon, according to Jim McAleese, of the McAleese and Associates consulting firm, who wrote a note to clients this week. And Trump’s outline is particularly light on details; in many cases it calls for reducing funding for programs without specifying by how much.

In answer to a press question, Mulvaney expounded, “the policy is that we’re ending federal involvement with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting”.

Not everything is rosy, of course.

So what are Trump’s priorities?

Trump had proposed a Dollars 1.1 trillion budget yesterday, requesting a massive Dollars 54 billion increase in defence spending and a substantial cut in the State Department allocations particularly foreign aid. “What are they gonna do?” asked Schumer.

The cuts are sure to provoke an outcry from Democrats and Republicans who have long backed a robust budget for the National Institutes of Health, as well as from research universities, advocates for cancer patients, victims of heart disease and other conditions, and lawmakers from northern states dependent on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

The Defense Department will see an increase of about 10 percent and the Department of Homeland Security’s budget will go up by about 6 percent. Still, Trump’s moves have not gone unnoticed among Republicans. But we don’t balance the budget, but we do reprioritize spending, and that’s the message to Congress. He added that a blueprint like this that deals with “top-line spending numbers” would not include spending related to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. He told Congress in 2013 that State Department spending reduces the need to rely on the military.

Trump’s 2018 budget proposal calls for $25.6 billion in funding for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. “This budget proposal is a serious attempt to trim the fat in many different bloated areas of the federal government”, Brandon said. The program feeds more than 2.4 million Americans a year and delivers about 218 million meals a year. “It’s what the president wanted”.

Subscribe to the Defense One daily.

As promising as some of the proposed cuts are, they would be swamped by additional military spending.

Budgets matter, both within government and inside each household across America.

“These cuts could put more than 200,000 families and seniors at immediate risk of eviction and homelessness and will starve local communities of the funding they need to build and fix affordable homes and revitalize distressed communities”, said Diane Yentel, president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *